Tim's One Photograph a Day

Wallingford at Dusk.

Wallingford on the Thames.

Wallingford: Looking across the Thames.

Looking across the Thames.

Moving further upstream on the Thames. Tonight, after a fairly miserable day, the weather brightened up. I was able to get this shot of Wallingford just as the sun was setting.

A combination of all my favourite elements. A river, reflections, dusk, lighting, a pub, a church and the historic bridge. I had taken a shot just before this, when the sky was better, but the framing wasn’t so good.

The trouble with this kind of shot is there isn’t much time. Although on the plus side, the scene changes rapidly, which can offer more choice.

I spotted the opportunity, grabbed the camera and tripod. For a change, I decided to put the Olympus through its paces. It seems to have done the job well, although it would be interesting to use both cameras at the same time and compare.

Knowing how quickly the sky can change, I banked a shot of Wallingford across the Thames early. It wasn’t from the best location, but I have found before that if you take too long to get the best viewpoint, you can miss the shot altogether.

In fact, that shot was almost my choice. I decided against it in the end as the reflection of the church spire was not complete. Moving closer to the edge, I could get it all in, but at the expense of losing the light trails on the bridge.

The shot is of the Boat House pub, with some of the boat visitor moorings visible to the right. The spire belongs to St Peter’s Church. The bridge, which connects Wallingford on the west with Crowmarsh Gifford to the east, dates back to medieval times, and is Grade II* listed.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 21 Sep 2017
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 20mm
  • F/11
  • 30 Sec
  • ISO 200

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